Family and friends of Jerome Butler gather in south Sacramento on April 1 to remember the 28-year-old father of three who died after taking a counterfeit version of the painkiller fentanyl.
Family and friends of Jerome Butler gather in south Sacramento on April 1 to remember the 28-year-old father of three who died after taking a counterfeit version of the painkiller fentanyl. Andrew Seng aseng@sacbee.com
Family and friends of Jerome Butler gather in south Sacramento on April 1 to remember the 28-year-old father of three who died after taking a counterfeit version of the painkiller fentanyl. Andrew Seng aseng@sacbee.com
Erika D. Smith

Erika D. Smith

Associate editor and editorial writer

How public policy contributed to fentanyl overdoses

April 08, 2016 04:54 PM

UPDATED April 11, 2016 10:42 AM

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Erika D. Smith joined The Sacramento Bee in May 2015 after spending most of her career in the nebulous Midwest. She previously worked for The Indianapolis Star in Indiana, where, as metro columnist, she covered issues related to neighborhoods, community development, public safety and diversity. She also worked for five years at the Akron Beacon Journal in Ohio. She is a native of Cleveland.

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